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Teachers strike at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School
10:52am Thursday 12th July 2012 in Waterfoot
teaching union leaders have spoke out in support of today’s strike at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School.
The Waterfoot school is closed to all students as a result of the industrial action.
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said parents, teachers and the local community were ‘united’ in their opposition to governors’ plans to convert it into an academy.
More than 40 teaching staff at the school are members of the union, along with another 30 who are aligned to the NUT.
They are worried that the proposed transformation will result in poorer working conditions and risks lowering the educational standards.
John Girdley, NASUWT national executive member for Lancashire, added: “The governors assured us that the school would only convert for sound educational reasons.
“This is already a very high-achieving school.The employer has not done anything to convince the vast majority of their staff of the need for conversion.
“If this is a dash for cash by the governors, they should look again at other converter academies, which are now leading the way on teacher redundancies.”
The school is set to open as normal tomorrow.
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